Fernando Salazar The Wichita Eagle
The following is The Eagle editorial board’s recommendation for the Aug. 1 primary for the District 1 representative to the Wichita City Council. District 1 is the only race with more than two candidates, making a primary necessary. Voters in the district choose one candidate, and the top two finishers advance to the Nov. 7 general election. We offer this recommendation as information to consider as you make up your own mind about the candidates and issues. Go to Kansas.com for more about each candidate, including video of each talking about issues facing the district and city.
Wichita City Council District 1
In a race with solid candidates, Brandon Johnson is the clear choice to replace Lavonta Williams, who cannot run for re-election because of term limits.
Johnson, 31, is making his first run for public office on an already-long resume of community activism. Beginning at 19, he headed a summer jobs program that hired more than 1,000 people over 6 1/2 years. It was cuts to that program, he said, that made him aware of city government’s reach. Johnson is the best option to tackle the problem in a district where there are high pockets of unemployment.